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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (167 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack Miles Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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With the same passionate scholarship and analytical audacity he brought to the character of God, Jack Miles now approaches the literary and theological enigma of Jesus. In so doing, he tells the story of a broken promise—God’s ancient covenant with Israel—and of its strange, unlooked-for fulfillment. For, having abandoned his chosen people to an impending holocaust at the hands of their Roman conquerors. God, in the person of Jesus, chooses to die with them, in what is effectively an act of divine suicide.

On the basis of this shocking argument, Miles compels us to reassess Christ’s entire life and teaching: His proclivity for the powerless and disgraced. His refusal to discriminate between friends and enemies. His transformation of defeat into a victory that redeems not just Israel but the entire world. Combining a close reading of the Gospels with a range of reference that includes Donne, Nietzche, and Elie Wiesel, Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God is a work of magnificent eloquence and imagination.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Provocative and deeply engaging…This is a spectacular story, and Miles tells it well…Exciting reading.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[Jack Miles] is a daring critic…Regardless of our agreement or disagreement with him, he prods us to read these familiar stories afresh, with all their original suspense and drama, his analysis serving as an invitation for our own.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “No one who reads it will be able to think about even the most familiar Biblical scenes in quite the same way.”


  • “The brilliance of Jack Miles’s new book on Christ is that it manages to ‘make strange’ the best-known story in history…Startlingly original.”

    New Statesman

  • “Miles is a master, provocative, and accessible, in presenting a God who is ambivalent, hesitant, moody, offhand, remote, and opaque: a reluctant supernatural magician…This is the most compelling page-turner of the year.”

    New York Daily News

  • “As literary interpreters go, Miles does a lovely job…Often thrilling.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “Brims with ideas, and Miles has a teacher’s urge to find a profusion of ways to explain those ideas…Let all great religious texts have such enlightened readers.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God is, like Miles’s previous book, a stimulating, challenging work.”

    San Jose Mercury News

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katy Budget Books | 11/24/2013

    " Richard says: This was a completely original interpretation of the life of Christ, and gave a fresh insight into the Gospels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Justin | 3/5/2013

    " A wonderful book that really changed the way I look at things. A deep read, but easy to take important lessons from. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marguerite | 12/24/2012

    " A nice follow to Miles' literary analysis of the Old Testament. I like the exploration of Jesus' varied NT roles. I still believe the image of God/Jesus as bridegroom/husband invites abuse and rationalization, though. Can't we just be friends? Both of Miles' books will merit re-reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by matt | 10/9/2012

    " Excellent on first blush. J Miles can really write and his analytical skills (not simply textual, mind) are filed to a fine, sharp needle "

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